East of West

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East of West
Cover of East of West 1. Art by Nick Dragotta.
Publication information
PublisherImage Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication dateMarch 2013 – present
Number of issues11
Creative team
Writer(s)Jonathan Hickman
Artist(s)Nick Dragotta
Letterer(s)Rus Wooton
Colorist(s)Frank Martin
Creator(s)Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta
 
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East of West
Cover of East of West 1. Art by Nick Dragotta.
Publication information
PublisherImage Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication dateMarch 2013 – present
Number of issues11
Creative team
Writer(s)Jonathan Hickman
Artist(s)Nick Dragotta
Letterer(s)Rus Wooton
Colorist(s)Frank Martin
Creator(s)Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta

East of West is a monthly comic book series published by Image Comics which debuted in March 2013. Created by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Nick Dragotta, the book is a science fiction Western set in a dystopian version of the United States whose fate rests with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Publication history[edit]

At the 2012 New York Comic Con, Image Comics announced East of West as one of the publisher's new titles in 2013.[1][2] The series reunited writer Jonathan Hickman and illustrator Nick Dragotta, who had previously collaborated on Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Dragotta recalled: "I remember a few email exchanges where we said we should work together again sometime, maybe do a creator-owned book. That was kind of it. It gestated for a little while when we worked on FF and our relationship grew tighter. We met at the last Image Expo and sat down for lunch. He told me he had this great idea for a Western, and I said I wanted to draw science fiction. We merged it into a sci-fi Western, and that's how the idea was born."[3] The first issue of East of West was released on March 27, 2013.[4]

Plot[edit]

Hickman told Previews catalog that the tagline of East of West is "The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us." Hickman explained, "The end times are imminent and we all hate each other too much to come together and solve our problems. Our final destination is imminent, and it is the Apocalypse. And then, in the face of all that despair and gloom, somehow there is still hope."[5] The series, a science-fiction Western set in a dystopian America, casts the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as heroes who are trying to kill the President of the United States. Of these four characters, Hickman describes Death - a "Clint Eastwood-y" man wearing a suit, cowboy hat and skull bolo tie - as someone who feels "betrayed", and the others (War, Famine and Conquest) as feeling "abandoned".[6][7] The second arc, according to Dragotta, focuses on the Chosen, "a group of elites from the Seven Nations who are working to bring about the end of the world."[8]

Reception[edit]

The first issue of East of West sold out in the week of its release.[9] Newsarama's David Pepose wrote that knowing where the story is going "can be a challenge", but that "with sharp art and strong dialogue, this first issue has a lot going for it".[10] Greg McElhatton of Comic Book Resources said, "Hickman and Dragotta are clearly telling an epic story, and it feels so rich and textured that it's hard to not want to see more. The comic is off to an extremely strong start".[11] Reviews of the first five issues by IGN have received ratings ranging from 7.0 to 9.0 out of 10.[12][13][14][15][16] J.C. Maçek III of PopMatters said after reading issue #2, "there is enough potential in both substance and style to give East of West a shot… with both barrels."[17] In a review of the fifth issue, The A.V. Club's Oliver Sava said, "this conclusion to the first arc solidifies the emotional stakes of the story while setting a clear path for the future."[18] McElhatton wrote that the eighth issue " is another strong installment in a series that deserves even more attention than it's already received."[19] The first trade paperback collection, The Promise, topped the Diamond Comic Distributors sales charts in September.[20] East of West was named Best New Comic Book Series at the 2013 Diamond Gem Awards.[21] It was chosen as one of Digital Spy's top ten comics of 2013.[22]

Collected editions[edit]

TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN
East of West, Volume 1: The PromiseEast of West #1-5September 2013978-1607067702
East of West, Volume 2: We Are All OneEast of West #6-10April 2014978-1607068556

References[edit]

  1. ^ Armitage, Hugh (October 20, 2012). "NYCC: Jonathan Hickman tackles two new Image Comics titles". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Fairbanks, David (October 20, 2012). "NYCC: Image Comics set to take 2013 by storm". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Keily, Karl (July 5, 2013). "Image Expo 2013: Dragotta Heads 'East of West'". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Arrant, Chris (February 19, 2013). "Avengers Writer Makes 4 Horsemen 'Heroes' in 'East of West'". Newsarama. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mueller, Andy (January 2013). "The Four Horsemen Ride In Hickman's 'East of West'". Diamond Comic Distributors. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ Truitt, Brian (March 26, 2013). "Horsemen ride into a dystopian future in 'East of West'". USA Today. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dietsch, TJ (February 26, 2013). "Hickman Points 'East of West' In The Right Direction". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ Hennon, Blake (November 4, 2013). "Nick Dragotta previews ‘East of West’ 7, talks Death’s horse, Howtoons". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ Johnston, Rich (March 25, 2013). "Speculator Alert: 'East Of West' #1". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Pepose, David (March 26, 2013). "Best Shots Advance: 'East of West', 'Green Hornet', 'Skullkickers'". Newsarama. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ McElhatton, Greg (March 27, 2013). "Review: 'East of West' #1". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ Yehl, Joshua (March 27, 2013). "'East of West' #1 Review". IGN. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Grey, Melissa (April 24, 2013). "'East of West' #2 Review". IGN. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Grey, Melissa (June 5, 2013). "'East of West' #3 Review". IGN. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ Grey, Melissa (July 10, 2013). "'East of West' #4 Review". IGN. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ "'East of West' #5 Review". IGN. August 18, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ Maçek III, J.C. (April 24, 2013). "Staying on 'Message': 'East of West' #2". PopMatters. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ Sava, Oliver (August 16, 2013). "'East Of West' #5 combines romance and apocalypse with spectacular results". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ McElhatton, Greg (December 18, 2013). "Review: 'East of West' #8". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  20. ^ Mayo, John (October 8, 2013). "Sales Report: Crime Pays for DC Comics in September, 'East of West' Rides High". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  21. ^ McMillan, Graeme (January 24, 2014). "Image Comics Named 'Publisher of the Year' by Comic Book Retailers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  22. ^ Armitage, Hugh (December 27, 2013). "Digital Spy's top ten comics of 2013". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 

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